Target: Paul Ryan, House Speaker
Goal: To commend Paul Ryan for putting a stop to House GOP’s vote to bring the Office of Congressional Ethics under Congress’s control.
Republicans are going to be in control of both Congress and the White House for the first time in 10 years. Their first move of the new year was to vote to put the Office of Congressional Ethics under the power and control of Congress. The Office of Congressional Ethics is in charge of the investigation of lawmakers for wrongdoing. In other words, Congress would be in control of keeping Congress from being corrupt.
That isn’t the only issue. Within this vote is a stipulation from the House GOP that the Office of Congressional Ethics would no longer be allowed to take anonymous tips regarding any wrongdoing by lawmakers. The office would also no longer be allowed to disclose the findings of their investigations. Even though Republicans won the presidential election due to their claims to “drain the swamp,” their first step in office is to vote to eliminate the only group specifically designed to keep lawmakers in line and avoid corruption of our political system.
House Speaker Paul Ryan was the first to speak up against this vote. He stood up against his entire party and told his caucus that this was a bad step. With the help of others, including President-elect Donald Trump and many ForceChange petitions such as this one, Paul Ryan put an end to the corruption of Congress. Applaud Paul Ryan for standing up for transparency in government.
Dear House Speaker Ryan,
This week, the House GOP announced their vote to put the Office of Congressional Ethics under Congressional control. This would mean there would not be anyone to make sure there isn’t any corruption by lawmakers in Congress. In addition to this, the Office of Congressional Ethics would no longer be able to take anonymous tips regarding wrongdoing by lawmakers and would not be allowed to disclose the findings of their investigations.
Republicans won the presidential election with the promise to drain the swamp, and with this vote, Republicans are doing the exact opposite. But thanks to you and other dedicated Republicans, the vote to put the Office of Congressional Ethics under Congressional control has been reversed. Thank you for watching out for your fellow Americans.
[Your Name Here]
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